The diocese of Poitiers celebrates the end of its synod

The diocesan synod, entitled "With the New Generations, Live the Gospel" ends this Sunday with the promulgation of synodal acts.

Opened in January 2017, the synod of the diocese of Poitiers ends this Sunday at 15:30 with a celebration in the cathedral of Poitiers, presided over by Bishop Pascal Wintzer. This will be preceded in the morning by several walks around – between 3 and 10 km – to meditate the aims of the synod as "Invent a church out" or "Recognize and nurture the spiritual quest of our contemporaries."

" The goal of this synod was not to lead to institutional reform but to be interested in those who let themselves be touched by the novelty of the Gospel, young people, but also catechumensexplains Father Julien Dupont, Episcopal Vicar of the Diocese of Poitiers, in charge of the implementation of the synod. It is a question of defining an ecclesial life style of encounter and sharing. "

More than 4,000 documents have been identified for an estimate of nearly 15,000 people consulted in the diocese of Poitiers, which counts nearly 180 priests and 50 deacons, and covers the Vienne and the Deux-Sèvres – according to projections by The cross in 2014, the diocese should have 41 priests under 75 in 2024. Father Julien Dupont is also pleased that this period of reflection has also "Rooted a digital culture" to make the event live.

The momentum born of this synod – the third in less than thirty years – which is coming to an end must now continue in time. The synodal acts that will be distributed at the end of the Mass, are accompanied by a message of Bishop Wintzer entitled "Read, live and love the gospel". In particular, he invites Catholics in his diocese to continue "Synodal culture" and to ensure the implementation of the guidance provided through "Synodal watchers".

Arnaud Bevilacqua

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